DIY Shea Butter & Coconut Oil Hair and Body Cream
Time is winding down to the holidays, so we wanted to give you options for easy DIY gifts. What do you get when you mix coconut oil with shea butter? The best hair and dry skin cream you have ever had of course! This decadent cream is perfect for those extra dry patches of skin in the winter and to seal your hair in protective styles. See below for how to make, pack, and wrap! Best of all, you can get all of the ingredients either locally or within 0-2 days from Amazon! (scroll to end)
Only 3 ingredients:
Shea Butter is a moisturizing beast, but we’ll admit, it can be a bit of work to use. Our preference is to mix it with other products for a maxed out moisturizing solution. This luscious butter is loaded with vitamins A, E and F. It also helps to stimulate collagen production and is another natural sun protectant.
Uses: sun protectant, lip balm, eye cream, and hair cream. We also make our our hair and body cream with a combination of 6 parts shea butter with 3 parts each coconut oil and olive oil.
Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is an all time favorite because of its multiple uses in personal care and cooking. We mainly use it for skincare and hair care. Coconut oil is effective because it penetrates even the thickest skin and hair to keep you moisturized. While we pretty much use coconut oil all over our bodies, some people can only use it for specific purposes (i.e. in their hair, but not as a face oil). There are several opinions on the effectiveness of coconut oil. This product is not for everyone. Please do a patch test before using it extensively and/or do not use if you have known allergies.
Uses: apply to a cotton swab or cotton ball and use as an eye makeup remover. Massage into skin to remove makeup. Apply to body as a moisturizer. Apply to clean, wet hair and place a cap on. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse. Coconut oil also offers UV protection. We use it in conjunction with a natural sunscreen. It also works wonders as an alternative option for shaving cream.
Caution: Coconut oil is comedogenic (i.e. clogs pores) and should not be used as a facial oil by those with acne-prone skin. Some good alternative facial oils are rosehip seed oil, grapeseed soil, evening primrose oil, and apricot oil.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the icing on the cake of multipurpose minimalist solutions. It can be used in combination with the products above or on it’s own from head to toe. It is also a good alternative to coconut oil if you are protein or nut sensitive. Since olive oil is more than 80% oleic acid, it penetrates the skin similar to coconut oil and helps to reduce the signs of aging.
Uses: hair and body moisturizer and makeup remover.
Caution: Olive oil is comedogenic (i.e. clogs pores) and should not be used as a facial oil by those with acne-prone skin. Acne-prone skin is high in oleic acid but lacks linoleic acid; adding more oleic acid based products (i.e. olive oil) will only further throw off the balance.Some good alternative facial oils are rosehip seed oil, grapeseed oil, evening primrose oil, and apricot oil.
In a small sauce pan or microwave safe bowl combine 6 tablespoons of shea butter and 3 tbsp of coconut oil. (You might need to soften them first and measure. We leave them out at room temperature so that they are not hard.)
Warm until soft enough to stir easily.
Add 3 tbsp of olive oil and stir until mixture is blended
We typically cover and put in the freezer for a few hours.
Once the mixture is set, we let it sit and warm to room temperature.
We then mix it once more to ensure it is fully blended.
Scoop the mixture into shallow jars and label with decorative masking tape and metallic markers.